The holidays are just around the corner. It’s almost time to cook up family favorites and try out something new for the Thanksgiving table. Meal prepping for Thanksgiving can be overwhelming. In fact, many people make the same items every year out of routine instead of preference. Did you know maple syrup can be the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table? Check out these 4 unexpected ways to use maple syrup this Thanksgiving.

How Maple Syrup Can Make This Year’s Thanksgiving Special:

Use maple syrup as a healthy sugar alternative when baking

Many Thanksgiving dishes will include sugar or brown sugar to add a touch of sweetness. These processed sugars can be unhealthy in many recipes. Substituting sugar with maple syrup will maintain the sweetness of the food without the negative implications of these sugars. Here is one thing to keep in mind when substituting maple syrup for sugar in recipes.

  • Substituting maple syrup when baking – Maple syrup is almost as sweet as sugar. You can replace it with an equal amount of syrup as you would use sugar. However, you will want to decrease wet ingredients in the recipe by four tablespoons per one cup. By decreasing the liquid ingredients you will avoid over liquifying your mixture.

Maple Pumpkin Cookie Recipe
Adapted from Delish

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 ¼ cups Organic Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to Bake at  350°F
  2. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt until mixed together completely
  4. In a large bowl, using a hand mixer, beat butter, maple syrup, pumpkin, and egg
  5. Add dry ingredients and stir until combined completely
  6. Scoop a tablespoon of cookie dough onto the baking sheet 2″ apart (You can make these scoops about the size of a teaspoon.)
  7. Bake until cookies are lightly golden (Cook times may differ depending on your area.)

Use maple syrup in hot drinks

Thanksgiving is a perfect time for adding maple syrup to hot drinks. It’s a delicious way to add sweetness to a drink in a healthy way. Even better, the flavor of maple goes perfectly with many fall drinks. Add just a bit or a great deal depending on the flavor profile you are going for. Maple syrup is the perfect way to sweeten up a cup of coffee at the end of a meal as well. In fact, adding maple syrup to a drink can be just what you need!

Maple Apple Cider
Adapted from Epicurious

Ingredients:

  • 8 cups unpasteurized apple cider
  • 3″ cinnamon stick
  • 10 whole cloves
  • ¾ navel orange
  • 2″ piece of peeled, fresh ginger cut into 6 slices
  • ¼ cup Organic Maple Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan combine the cider and all ingredients
  2. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes stirring often
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a heat-proof pitcher
  4. Serve the cider warm

Use maple syrup to sweeten savory dishes

Sweetening up your favorite savory dish doesn’t have to include using sugar. In fact, you can change things up with a simple substitution. You can use a maple glaze or replace sugar with syrup. The options are endless. Depending on the type of maple syrup you use, you may not even taste much of a maple flavor. Adding a bit of maple syrup to any dish can bring out some of the other flavors and help them take on a new flavor profile.

Maple Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 large sweet potatoes
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup Organic Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup crushed pecans

Directions:

  1. Cube the sweet potatoes and add to a large pot of salted water
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat
  3. Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes are soft (15 – 20 minutes)
  4. Drain and cool
  5. Mash the sweet potatoes
  6. Preheat the oven to Bake at 350°F
  7. Butter a 2-quart baking dish
  8. Whisk together the butter, mashed sweet potatoes, milk, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and eggs
  9. Transfer to the buttered dish
  10. For the topping combine flour, brown sugar, butter, and salt in a medium bowl until moist and the mixture clumps together
  11. Stir in the pecans
  12. Spread the mixture over the top of the sweet potatoes in an even layer
  13. Bake for 30 minutes

Use Maple Syrup as a Glaze

While many recipes will call for glazes filled with sugar, those don’t have to be the go-to. Instead, opt for a natural maple syrup glaze. You can make your own maple syrup glaze from ingredients in your house or use a delicious pre-made maple syrup glaze. Try changing out the glaze you use based on the type of meat you are preparing. For instance, a Morrocan Spice Maple Glaze may offer different flavors than a Ginger Orange Maple Glaze.

Maple Glazed Turkey
Adapted from Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole turkey – thawed, rinsed, and patted dry
  • 2 medium carrots – chopped
  • 2 celery stalks – chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion – chopped
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 tsp salt and pepper
  • ½ cup Ginger Orange Maple Glaze

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to Bake at 425°F
  2. Place carrots, celery, and onion into a roasting pan
  3. Set a roasting rack over vegetables and coat with cooking spray
  4. Tuck wing tips under the body of the turkey
  5. Tie legs together with kitchen twine
  6. Rub turkey all over with 2 tablespoons butter
  7. Season with salt and pepper
  8. Place turkey on a rack in a pan.
  9. Roast on the bottom oven rack until golden brown
  10. Reduce the heat to 350°F
  11. Add 2 cups water and roast until the thickest part reads 125°F
  12. Pull the turkey out and coat with maple glaze
  13. Cook until the thickest part of the thigh reaches 165°F
  14. Tent with foil and let rest for 30 minutes before serving